Kids for Kids Productions Players’ Club will be holding auditions
for William Gibson’s three-act classic drama, “The Miracle
Set in Alabama in the late 1800's, the script tells the story of
Helen Keller and her teacher Annie Sullivan.
Blind, deaf and mute, young Helen's inability to
communicate has left her frustrated and violent.
In desperation, her parents seek help from the Perkins
Institute in Boston, which sends them Annie, a "half-blind Yankee
schoolgirl" for a tutor.
But Annie, through persistence, love and sheer
stubbornness, breaks through Helen's wall of silence and darkness.
Director: Phyllis Kaye
AUDITION DATES / TIMES-
SATURDAY, 2/22 – 1pm: Ages 6-13; 3pm: Ages 14-18
SUNDAY, 2/23 – 2pm: Ages 6-13; 4pm: Ages 14-18
Be prepared to read from the script and to do some physical
Girls auditioning for the roles of Helen and Annie, should wear
(or bring) comfortable clothing and shoes.
Please bring a list of your known conflicts to the auditions.
CALLBACKS: Begin Monday, 2/24
REHEARSALS: Begin Saturday, March 1st.
ANNIE SULLIVAN: Helen’s teacher. With an invisible wall around
her, Annie’s tough, no-nonsense exterior hides a young woman of
depth and compassion. Stubborn, driven and determined. Physically
and emotionally demanding role. Irish accent a plus.
HELEN KELLER: A young girl, rendered blind, deaf & dumb from an
early age. Prone to temper tantrums. Despite her limitations,
Helen is extremely intelligent, cunning and conniving. When
frustrated, Helen appears more like an animal than a child.
Looking for an actress who is smart, strong and brave. Also a
physically and emotionally demanding role. (This role will have an
KATE KELLER: Helen’s mother. Loving and protective of her
children, but at a loss as to how to reach Helen. She and the rest
of the family bribe Helen by constantly giving her sweets, but
realizes that is not the solution to controlling her daughter.
Well-bred, with proper Southern manners.
CAPTAIN KELLER: Helen’s father. Stern. Loud and blustery.
Exasperated by the fact that his home is ruled not by him, but by
Helen. Has a very strained relationship with his son, James.
JAMES KELLER: Helen’s teenaged half-brother. Captain Keller’s son
by a previous marriage. An observer. Smug and conceited...a
know-it-all. At times, finds Helen and the family’s situation
AUNT EV: Captain Keller’s sister. A busy-body. Always speaks her
VINEY/PEGGY: The Keller family’s household servant. Mother to
Martha/Mary & Percy/Patrick.
MARTHA/MARY: Viney/Peggy’s daughter. Cautious. Easily annoyed.
Helen tries to play with Martha and occasionally does until things
get out of hand.
PERCY/PATRICK: Viney/Peggy's son. Good-natured. Helen also tries
to interact with him which he sometimes finds humorous....but he
is also a bit afraid of her.
ANAGNOS: Head of the Perkins Institute for the Blind. Friend and
mentor to Annie. Can be played m/f.
YOUNG ANNIE SULLIVAN: Annie as a child, shown in flash-back
JIMMY SULLIVAN: Annie’s younger brother, shown in flash-back
DOCTOR: The Keller family’s local doctor. Will double as an aide
in the asylum scenes. Can be played m/f.
MRS. HOPKINS: Housekeeper at the Perkins Institute. (Will double
as a CRONIE)
ALICE, BEATRICE, ELIZABETH, LAURA & SARAH: Younger students at the
Perkins Institute. All are blind.
CRONIES: Multiple roles available. Residents of the asylum. Shown
in flashback scenes. (Will double in the depot scene.)
NOTE: Also looking for a well-trained dog and possibly a
good-natured baby/toddler for a number of scenes!
Blind, deaf and mute, young Helen’s inability to communicate has
left her frustrated and violent. In desperation, her parents seek
help from the Perkins Institute in Boston, which sends them Annie,
a "half-blind Yankee schoolgirl” for a tutor. But Annie, through
persistence, love and sheer stubbornness, breaks through Helen's
walls of silence and darkness.l